ATLANTA, Georgia:JULIA COUSINS’ caring touch has got her on the move.Her job as a physiotherapist took the 32-year-old from St Catherine, where she grew up, to her day job in St James at Cornwall Regional Hospital. Then she started working at daCosta Cup matches as a member of the Jamaica Sports Medicine Unit, and top local clubs Montego Bay United and Wadadah.While he was a member of the senior men’s national football team coaching staff, Theodore ‘Tappa’ Whitmore had a knee injury and was recommended for treatment to Cousins, whose skill extended the recommendation.Now, she’s the Reggae Boyz’ team physiotherapist.From she was a child, Cousins had a talent and an affinity for sport, winning a high jump gold medal for Waterford Primary at the primary champs. That talent, however, never went far.”When I was in first form, I tried out for the track team, but that never worked out. It’s a very funny story. When I was at primary school, all you had was a mattress on the ground and two persons holding a string and you’d run and jump over,” she explained.”When I went to St Hugh’s, I went out for the track team, but that also never worked out,” said Cousins.Her association with sport never stopped there, however. Her cousin, Dadrian Williams, played football and they went to matches aplenty. Williams represented Spanish Town High at Manning Cup and Cousins would be his number-one supporter.”I used to follow him more and started to get into football more,” she admitted, noting her favouritism for Village United, Waterhouse and Portmore United, “as I lived in Portmore”, in the Premier League.Then came World Cup 1994 and she started putting together her scrapbook.”I remember Oliver Kahn, Roberto Carlos,” she said of popular stars glued up to pages in her keepsake from the 1994 Finals in the United States.At the time, little did Cousins know that she would be playing a role in a football championship.The first move came last year when she worked on the Reggae Boyz’ home-and-away friendlies against Trinidad and Tobago,Then in November of last year, Jamaica were involved in the regional championship, the Caribbean Cup, and she was officially brought into the set-up.WORKING RELATIONSHIP”It was a dream for me,” she admitted of working alongside people who are “icons in our country. Warren Barrett , he’s a great personality – my angel,” she said of the goalkeeper for the original Reggae Boyz, Rene Simoes’ 1998 unit that pioneered World Cup qualification for Jamaica.”They’re easy to talk to, they include you, they joke around, especially Rudi (Rodolph) Austin, he’s great for the team,” Cousins said. “I’m normally a reserved person … but they draw you out. It’s a good working relationship.”The team’s manager, Roy Simpson, said besides her professionalism, Cousins provided balance.”I think at first, she was a bit tentative coming into a male environment. But she never really understood that it wasn’t really about gender, but competence, and the first time she worked with us, the players especially – because she works closely with the players – were satisfied, as well as the coach,” Simpson said.”Coupled with her dedication, because she had challenges getting time off, she has always made herself available to serve the country first and the players on the team.”We refer to her as the rose among the thorns because her femininity provides balance,” he theorised.The test of Cousins’ commitment goes beyond gaining time off to work with the Boyz.”I’m doing a doctorate in Physical Therapy with Nova Scotia Eastern University, and even during the Caribbean Cup, I had to email my lecturer in the middle of the night to get a deadline extended for a paper,” she said.”My mom, sisters, friends, they’re very supportive, always saying ‘you can do it,’ but going back to school is not fun.”Among the Boyz it’s different,” the self-professed God-fearing person said.She has shared their joy at becoming Caribbean champions last year in Jamaica; seen the time play admirably, despite losing 1-0 in matches against Uruguay, Paraguay and world number one Argentina in Chile; and now she’s in North America travelling with the Jamaica senior team. They have been to Los Angeles, Texas, Toronto, Baltimore and now Atlanta, where they will tackle the United States in the CONCACAF Gold Cup semi-final Georgia Dome today.”I think they’re a great bunch of guys and I really want them to do well,” she said. “I think it’s overdue, so I want them to go very far in this tournament and possibly win.”With the final and third-place set for Philadelphia, whether the Reggae Boyz win or not, Cousins will be on the move.
– As company optimistic of 4 billion barrels of oil in blockThe Stena Forth oil exploration drillship has left West Africa en route to Guyana where it will spud the Jethro Lobe prospect offshore the English-speaking South American nation by the end of June, Eco Atlantic Oil and Gas announced on Monday.This is according to the company in a release. According to the company, the Stena Forth drillship is expected to reach Eco’s Orinduik Block on or around June 24, 2019.The ship is being mobilised for Eco and its partners, Tullow Guyana BV (“Tullow”) and Total EP Guyana BV (“Total”), for a committed two-well campaign. The first exploration well is to be drilled on the Jethro Lobe prospect, as announced on December 5, 2018. The second well is the Joe prospect, a few kilometres away.To date, Guyana has confirmed about 6 billion barrels of oil under the Atlantic Ocean due to 13 discoveries on the Stabroek Block by ExxonMobil. Eco Atlantic Oil and Gas estimates there are about 4 billion barrels of oil on its Orinbduik Block.According to Eco Atlantic, the Stena Forth was actively drilling for Tullow on an existing contract immediately prior to its transition to Guyana and is fully crewed with experienced personnel, allowing a smooth transition and less rig-up and training time.Eco noted that it boasts a cash balance today of approximately US$35 million and is funded for its share of up to a further six potential new exploration or development wells in addition to the Jethro Lobe and Joe wells, following a placing and subscription completed on April 10, 2019.ECO’s Chief Operating Officer, Colin Kinley, was quoted as saying: “The mobilisation of the Stena Forth is the final stage of a long, conservative and quality controlled process to plan and drill the initial two wells on Orinduik. The Block licence was applied for in March 2014 and was awarded to Eco and Tullow in January 2016 with a first well commitment for 2021/2022.“With 13 discoveries, so far totalling over 5.5BBOE (billion barrel of oil equivalent) on Exxon’s adjacent Stabroek Block in the past three years, and with our strong commitment to Guyana, the joint venture partners have since expedited and significantly expanded their work programme far beyond and ahead of the committed requirements.”Kinley added: “Our team, together with Tullow and Total, have comprehensively interpreted the nearly 3000 km2 of 3D seismic data we shot over and beyond Orinduik and have selected the first two targets that we feel will allow us to accelerate the Block’s development. With the Stena Forth now mobilising westwards to Guyana waters, we are on course to drill a pair of potentially transformational wells for the company, for the Block partners, and for Guyana.”Eco Atlantic’s Chief Operating Officer was confident that its interpretation of its data supported a relatively high chance of success, estimated at over 40 per cent for both the Jethro and Joe prospect.The company said that despite the outcome of the first two planned wells, it has enough capital for a multi-well drilling campaign and was confident that hydrocarbons are on the Block in the wake of good quality sands like those on the Stabroek Block. Consequently, Kinley maintained that the main risks are the quality of the seal and the presence of a trap.“Thanks to our successful US$17 million placement and subscription in April, we have a cash balance today of over US$35 million so we are in the fortunate position of being fully funded to drill up to six additional wells on Orinduik, across the fifteen identified prospects…the two wells will test both the Upper and Lower Tertiary-aged turbidites, while Jethro will also be drilled down to the Cretaceous section.”“Our focus is on near-term oil production and we have ordered our exploration programme around risking, development and deliverability of oil for the people of Guyana and our stakeholders,” Kinley remarked.